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End of Summer Blues

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Writers write. That being the case, I certainly haven’t been much of a writer lately… My summer was a hectic string of endless packing, un-packing and repacking.  In past years, when I lived at the shore, my plans were made with carefree whimsy, as my mood would dictate what I was going to do in …

Crooked Nation

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It seems that each day another story breaks about a crooked politician.  And although some are outraged by the news, the vast majority seems to accept it, as what is becoming the new normal.  We shrug our shoulders, roll out eyes and move on with our day without giving it another thought until the next …

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Olya, Oleh, Ihor & Oksana

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I arrived at Olya and Oleh’s house in Lutsk late on Saturday night. By now I have come to realize that Ukrainians don’t really live their lives by the clock. We ate dinner at 10 o’clock and then drank champagne until 1am – toasting our birthdays which occurred in a consecutive string of days last …

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The Ride Through Poland

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I landed in Warsaw where I was met my uncle, or cousin – I’m actually not sure how we are related, but it’s clear by the way he drives that we are family. The road was long and we sat at the border for over two hours – this made me rethink the decisions of …

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I Love Ukraine

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On Tuesday, my Aunt Irene called me to wish me a Happy Birthday. “I’m in London” I told her, but on Friday morning, I am heading out, to Ukraine. She asked me if I was scared for my safety because of the political unrest. I can’t say that I’m not at all concerned, but I …